Krisana Kraisintu Ph.D
Magsaysay Winner and Dedicated Public Servant
Honorary Speaker “The Right to Live: AIDS Medication for Millions”
“I know I'm a scientist, but I'm also very sensitive. When I see suffering I feel very sad, and I want to do something.”
Dr Krisana Kraisintu is world renowned as “the gypsy pharmacist” who received the 2009 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service. She has devoted her life as a scientist to helping victims of disease, especially HIV/AIDS sufferers.
Krisana was born in 1952 at Koh Samui, Surat Thani to parents in the medical profession. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Chiang Mai University in 1975; Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Analysis from Strathclyde University, U.K. in 1978; and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Bath, U.K. in 1981. She was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Bath in 2009.
Much of her career has been with Thailand’s Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO), a pharmaceutical products manufacturer set up to support national public health activities. She became Director of the GPO’s Research and Development Institute at only 37 years of age, guiding the production of numerous generic medicines for a wide range of illnesses including hypertension and diabetes.
Dr Krisana conducted research on anti-retroviral drugs without much support and successfully formulated a generic version of AZT (zidovudine), which treats HIV and reduces the risk of mother-to-child transmission, in 1995. The product was introduced to the market at a fraction of the cost of the branded product. Her achievement raised the pharmaceutical and health profile of Thailand as the first developing country to manufacture generic HIV/AIDS drugs.
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